KUALA LUMPUR: The stigma among Malaysians that men who do housework are like pondans (transsexuals) should be removed as it can have a negative effect on the family institution, said Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, popularly known as Chef Wan.
He said this perception was common in Malaysia because of the huge ego among some men who view housework as effeminate.
“Men who do housework are not necessarily weak and soft. They do it to help their wives who are probably tired after working in the office.
“However, in our society, the perception still exists but not in the West,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after appearing as a panellist in the discussion “Re-defining Masculinity” held in conjunction with “The Woman Extraordinaire Forum 2014” here, Wednesday.
Chef Wan said men, husbands and fathers should set a good example to children by helping in any way possible at home.
“In fact, from my own experience, I find that when you do housework, it not only lightens the burden at home, but is also a healthy activity,” he said.
Fashion designer Bon Zainal Harun said a man’s pride and image would not be affected by helping his wife do housework including washing dishes and clothes.
“It is not just housework, but if a man is involved in fashion and cooking, he would be labelled effeminate or â€˜differentâ€™.
“This should not happen as it could curb individuals, especially men, from being involved in areas that he enjoys,” he said. – Bernama